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4 May 2018: ILS welcomes Sri Lankan delegation

        Pictured above: Senior lawyers of the Sri Lankan Attorney General’s Department with ILS Executive Members Damian Sturzaker and Wolfgang Babeck.

In collaboration with the University of New South Wales and Australia Awards, a group of ten senior lawyers of the Sri Lankan Attorney General’s Department recently visited Sydney to participate in a one-week intensive course on International Commercial Arbitration, held 30 April to 4 May 2018.

Course convenor, Damian Sturzaker (Partner, Marque Lawyers, Visiting Professorial Fellow at UNSW) was joined by a host of guest speakers including the Chief Justice of the Federal Court of Australia, the Honourable James Allsop AO. Topics over the week included the law, rules and institutions relevant to the Asia Pacific region, the issues relating to commencing arbitral proceedings and conducting the hearing before concluding with investor state disputes and treaty negotiations (of which Sri Lanka has experience, having participated as the state in one of the earliest ICSID cases).

                                                        Pictured above: ILS Section Executive Chair, Dr Wolfgang Babeck, (Partner, Buse Heberer Fromm)

The ILS was pleased to be involved in the course, not only by way of Mr Sturzaker as Executive Member and International Arbitration Committee co-chair, but fellow co-chair and Executive Member Mary Walker (Nine Wentworth) and Section Executive Chair Dr Wolfgang Babeck. Dr Babeck delivered a lecture on international arbitration from a civil perspective on the first day of the course, held at the UNSW CBD campus. Richard Braddock of Lexbridge Lawyers and co-chair of the International Trade and Business Law Committee also spoke on treaty negotiations.

The course was a giant success on all accounts and we hear that the participants are keen to ensure that their fellow colleagues back in Sri Lanka are given similar opportunities to visit Sydney to participate in the not too distant future. Should this event occur again in the future, the ILS be interested to be involved. 


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